American Foot and Ankle Specialists

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Why Your Feet Probably Hurt


A person with flat feet is prone to foot pain often because inadequate footwear harms their feet rather than protects them.  Most people don’t know that different shoes are made for different types of feet.  Some shoes in the shoe store are designed to help people with flat feet while other are designed to help people with high-arched feet or “normal” arches.  


This means that buying shoes based on their look can lead to some serious foot pain because people often buy shoes that don’t match their foot type.  This is the first problem that causes foot pain.  People with flat feet are wearing inadequate shoes that contribute to foot pain and foot conditions like plantar fasciitis.  


At the same time, the in soles in store-bought shoes are often low-quality, made of cheap material, and made for the average sole, as in people with normal arches.  This does not help people with flat feet one bit and another main reason for the onset of foot pain.  Our patients that stand up all day at work or are constantly agile end up with foot pain because of incorrect footwear. 


How To Protect Your Feet And Alleviate Foot Pain


With one visit to the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, your foot pain can disappear forever.  A podiatrist at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry locations will provide you the advice on the type of shoes that you need to help your feet heal and keep your feet comfortable throughout the day.  Based on your lifestyle, walking pattern, and foot shape, we will also recommend certain brands to buy that are the best for people with flat feet. 


Next, a foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists will create a custom pair of orthotics for your.  These orthotics specifically match your walking pattern and foot shape and provide the maximum amount of support while walking.  Most of my patients are amazed at how much better they feel everyday because of podiatrist-made orthotics.  These orthotics are not the same as the in soles one may buy at CVS since they are customized to your feet.  


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas are dedicated to helping you recover from foot pain.  There is a cause, a reason why you are having foot pain and let me assure you, this foot pain is not normal.  If you are having foot pain, it is time to see one of our podiatrists and we will discover and treat the causing, where once again you will be free of foot pain!


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation.


Bunion Treatment


As a podiatrist in Phoenix, I have treated thousands of patients with bunions in my practice.  There is a simple formula that I will teach you to make sure that your bunion not only stops growing but also decreases in it’s size.   


The first thing to do is to schedule an appointment with me at my office in Phoenix.  In order to solve this problem, you must first understand it.  I will diagnose the severity of your bunion and by doing so, will be able to provide you with the right advice to quickly help you get rid of this annoying problem. 


Here are a few simple steps that we will use to decrease the size of your bunion:


  1. Change Footwear - In many cases, years of uncomfortable shoes are the cause of a bunion.  Women actually suffer from bunions more than men because they tend to wear dressier shoes on a regular basis that strangles their toes causing the toe joints to become swollen.  I will advice you on what shoes are best for your feet so that during the day, you shoes are supporting you and not hurting you.
  2. Orthotics - Custom orthotics are another proven technique to provide the maximum amount of support for your feet.  It is essential to have your podiatrist mold a custom orthotic for you rather than just purchase one in a store like CVS.  As a podiatrist, I will create an orthotic for you that fits your specific foot shape and doing so, creates a healthy environment for your feet. 
  3. Ice -  Make sure to apply ice regularly while you begin treatment.  Icing is always good to decrease inflammation but unless you take the right steps to decrease your bunion, icing cannot solve your bunion problem alone. 

         4.  Surgery -  For an advanced bunion that is large enough where it is constantly rubbing against your feet causing cuts and tremendous pain, we also provide minor surgical procedures which remove swollen tissue, straightens the big toe, and re-aligns the long bone between the back part of your foot and  the big toe.  In a lot of case, a minor surgical procedure is the quickest and most effective way to eliminate one’s bunion. 


Bunions are one of the world’s most common foot problems and as a podiatrist, I am an expert in bunion treatment.  My focus throughout my two decades of private practice has been helping my patients get rid of this problem forever and we make sure our patients are always satisfied after they leave their visit with us. 


Schedule Your Appointment!

Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your appointment today!  


By John Erotas 


Ending Achilles Pain

Sometimes, seemingly random foot pain overtakes our feet and we feel disabled.  One painful and common foot condition is Achilles Tendinitis.  The Achilles Tendon is the largest tendon in the body and with overuse, it becomes inflamed and painful making it extremely difficult to walk.  

The first thing to do is schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  At one of our two locations in phoenix, we will diagnose the problem and then provide advice on how to treat and cure you of your Achilles Tendinitis. 

The reason to seek out treatment right away is that with continued stress, the achilles tendon could rupture, which is not only extremely, extremely painful but also will require intensive surgery to fix and many months of physical therapy and rehabilitation.  Allow us to diagnose and treat your achilles tendinitis.  Call 480-483-9000 now and schedule a consultation!  Same and next day appointments are often available.

Home Treatment 

Once you have made your appointment, begin home treatment to decrease the swelling and pain of the achilles tendon.  This is done by resting the foot when you are experiencing a lot of pain and icing your achilles tendon (located at the back of the ankle) at least three times per day for twenty minutes.  Icing will work wonders to decrease the pain of you achilles because it works great to decrease inflammation.  

You can also take ant-inflammatory medication such as acetaminophen to decrease swelling.  Make sure to wear your most comfortable shoes that relieves pressure on the back of your ankle.  At our office, we will provide and recommend devices that restrict the movement of the achilles tendon, significantly reducing the chance that it will rupture.  

Common Among Athletes

Achilles Tendinitis is particularly common among athlete’s, especially high intensity runners.  The onset of achilles tendinitis may occur as the level of intensity is increased causing the achilles tendon to swell.  Again, if you begin to feel pain, if possible, stop, rest, and ice the achilles tendon.  

Schedule Your Consultation Now!

Call 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation before the achilles tendon ruptures!  Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman of the American Foot and Ankle Specialists have been in podiatrists for over 30 years and this is a fairly common foot condition.  We are confident that we can not only reduce the pain of the injury but cure it as well.  

Our patients continually return to our care because we are dedicated to patient satisfaction and finding the cure for our patients’ foot conditions.  To solve this problem immediately, call 480-483-9000 today!

By John Erotas


If you have Plantar Fasciitis, there are a few steps that you can take right now to end your foot pain. 


What is Plantar Fasciitis?


Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia band, which is located in the arch of one’s foot.  When a person puts too much pressure over a long period of time or quickly puts much intensity on their feet, the plantar fascia band becomes inflamed and painful due to overuse.  


In most cases, plantar fasciitis is cured overtime by applying the right treatment methodology.  If you are suffering from foot pain, visit one of our podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists to determine what it is that you have and how to treat it before more rigorous treatment such as surgery is necessary. 


Taking Steps Toward Healing


Healing plantar fasciitis pain is quite simple.  One first removes the pressures of walking that is causing the plantar fasciitis.  The first thing you can do is of course rest.  Getting off of your feet when it hurts stops the plantar fasciitis from becoming worse by alleviating the immediate stresses on your feet.  

Rest plays a crucial role in decreasing the pain and inflammation in order for the plantar fascia band to heal.  The next important thing to do is order a pair of custom orthotics for your feet.  Custom orthotics fit your feet specifically as opposed to the generic in sole that may be in your shoes now.  This generic in sole is made to fit a generic foot but does little to help the individual foot. 


By wearing prescription orthotics, your foot pain will decrease signficantly.  Almost every patient that wears orthotics experiences significantly less foot pain within days of trying them.  Orthotics also reduce the pressure on the arch of your foot allowing the plantar fascia band to heal. 


The treatment for plantar fasciitis is done by limiting the stress on the plantar fascia band and doing so, the band reduces in inflammation and may heal with time.  Icing the arch of your feet is very helpful in reducing the amount of inflammation.  Make sure to ice for 15 minutes at least three times a day.  This will lessen the time it takes for your foot to recover.  


A fourth simple treatment for plantar fasciitis is wearing the right shoes.  Wear comfortable shoes not high-heels or narrow shoes that cause the foot extra pain.  For the time being, wear shoes that support your foot’s shape and movement and not shoes that add pressure and stress on the feet.  


Schedule A Visit Today!


Treating plantar fasciitis mostly involves rest and removing the stresses that were it’s cause.  Dr. John Erotas and Dr. Michael Stegman have locations in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ.   If necessary, a cortisone injection may help reduce the inflammation and pain of the tendon.   


Call 480-483-9000 and schedule an appointment now!  Same and next day appointments at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists are often available.  We focus on our patients' satisfaction and after decades of experience as podiatrists, we are confident that we can help you cure the pain of plantar fasciitis. 

Call 480-483-9000 today!


By Michael Stegman







Treating Pain At The Back Of The Ankle 


Achilles Tendinitis is a terrible pain that develops at the back of one’s heel.  It is a common foot condition that can cause disability for weeks.  The trick to repairing such an injury is to seek out treatment immediately beginning the process of healing as soon as possible. 


The Achilles Tendon is the largest tendon in the body and connects the calf muscle to the heel.  Directly relating to the movement of the foot, when introduced to new and intense activity, the achilles tendon can become swollen leading to achilles tendinitis and pain.  Achilles tendinitis may also be caused by tight calf muscles as well as not just new activity, but prolonged intense activities such as running and jumping a lot.  


Avoid An Achilles Rupture


One of the main reasons to seek out treatment right away is that as achilles tendinitis progresses, there is a greater chance that it can rupture.  Once ruptured, not only is the patient completely disabled and in tremendous pain, but surgery will be necessary to repair the tendon.  See one of our podiatrists at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists and we can prevent such a disastrous injury from ever happening. 


Most Achilles Tendinitis patients can be treated without surgery.  The first thing you want to do is make sure you get off of your feet whenever you feel pain.  Rest is the key to healing this injury.  Also, icing 2-3 times per day for 20 minutes reduces the inflammation that is leading to the achilles tendinitis.  


If you want to still exercise while having this injury, you can switch to a less impactful exercise or sport such as swimming or biking.  


Foot Advice For Foot Pain


In order to accelerate the healing process, it is important that you treat your feet with the utmost care providing a comfortable environment for the tendon to heel.  This includes wearing prescription orthotics that match your walking pattern, wearing comfortable shoes, and avoiding uncomfortable shoes like high-heels or dress shoes.  


Our office can provide you with special shoes to support the foot as well as prescription orthotics that are proven to reduce foot pain while walking or standing.  Heel lifts are also proven to help remove the pain of achilles tendinitis.  


Schedule Your Consultation Now!


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have locations in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ.  If you are experiencing pain at the back of your ankle, it is time to see one of our podiatrists and begin treatment.  


Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have helped patients eliminate achilles tendinitis for over twenty years.  Patients return to us because our practice is singularly focused on helping patients cure foot pain. 

Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation with one of our podiatrists today!


By John Erotas